Community bushfire safety is a shared responsibility between individuals, the community, government and fire agencies. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) www.dfes.wa.gov.au has a Community Bushfire Education Program and a range of publications on its website www.dfes.wa.gov.au. As a new resident of Whitby you are encouraged to support the Mundijong Volunteer Bushfire Brigade who can be contacted through the Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades WA www.avbfb.org.au.
In Western Australia requirements have been introduced into the planning and building process to ensure everyone is considering bushfire in the same way. As part of the planning approval process for Whitby Bushfire Management Plans and Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessments are prepared for each stage and provided below for your convenience. These documents will guide you and your builder in relation to the building requirements for your home in order to comply with Australian Standard AS 3959-2009 Construction of buildings in Bushfire prone areas (AS 3959).